By EVELYN USMAN
LAGOS—Vice-Chancellor of Tai Solarin University, Ogun State, Prof. Olusegun Awonusi, Sunday, stressed the need for technocrats to be involved in the education sector, blaming its falling standard on lack of qualified manpower.
Prof. Awonusi, who spoke at the opening of Nigerian Navy Education conference in Lagos, decried the falling standard of education in the country and called for its proper funding for it to retain its lost glory.
Describing the environment where students are taught as not conducive for learning, a development he described as one of the causes of the falling standard, the VC said, ”We cannot have people be educated under trees or in classrooms without chairs, you will not get the best.
You must have a good schooling environment, highly- qualified teachers who have trained and retrained and are committed and, of course, fund must be made available. And, for the fund managers, fund usage must be judicious and they must show transparency in the disbursement of the fund.”
He, therefore, urged the education units of the Nigerian Armed Forces to move closer to the academia and work towards funding projects together; adding that such partnership would bring only cutting edge technology.
Earlier, Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ola Ibrahim, had called for the strengthening of the Directorate of Naval Education, with a view to providing the required support, particularly in its professional school training for adequate human capacity-building to be achieved.
The conference he explained, was designed to further the Nigerian Navy transformation, which would achieve a milestone of short, medium and long term intervals.